Game of Thrones: A Tale of Kings and HonorFeatured
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (New Line Cinema)
What can I say, that hasn't already been said? The edit is fantastic. Each piece of music fits perfectly in its respective scene and none of the transitions are particularly jarring. This edit is a perfect bridge between the RR's. I highly recommend it to any fan of GoT or LotR.
A true achievement to trim 10-ish hours down to a perfectly reasonable 2.5 hour-movie. I certainly didn't miss anything, but I did have to recollect a few times to remind we of what happens "in between" the cuts. No biggie unless you dive in to this without having seen the entire first season.
The audio and video editing is flawless and the LotR-music worked better than I thought, to be honest. Some of the musical cues do remind me too much of LotR, though, and did bring me out of it momentarily. My big issue with this edit is the letterboxing. Does it give a more cinematic feel? Sure. Is the framing thrown out the window? Mostly. It becomes evident that this is a fan edit (an otherwise stellar fan edit) the moment the framing feels off in a scene. A hair too much there, a foot there; it is noticeable throughout that the framing was not intended for 2.35:1 (or what the result here is).
Other than that I would certainly recommend this edit to anyone, really. Maybe one should be familiar with the first season in order to pick up some of the missing parts. Bottom line: A great edit in every way and an interesting concept, what with using LotR-music and all.
Awesome movie. I really felt it told the story exceptionally well. To distill a season down to a movie, make the resulting story so damn enjoyable, and the character's personal arcs so well defined that you really do feel invested in everything they are doing is really something remarkable. I can not wait for the movies that follow. /bravo
it's a fantastic work. you need to see it
A great edit. The core story of season 1 was told in an exciting and fast-paced way. Some story elements do get cast aside and the extent to which they work varies. For example, by losing most of Arya's story with Syrio it actually becomes a fun twist when her "dancing lessons" turn out to be swordplay instead. Losing the entire journey from Winterfell to King's Landing isn't missed at all. In fact, I'm sure other plot threads were dropped with no major effect on the overall storyline (although it will be interesting to see how Bron's inclusion in future edits will play out given that Tyrion's side plot to the Erie is gone). The only real complaint is that Dany's story feels very abrupt - she goes from being treated as property being bartered to being a well respected part of the Dothraki very quickly (in fact, there are two scenes immediately after each other that effectively show the same thing - they like her, but have no respect of Viserys. It seems like only one of them would have been needed. But truthfully, this is some minor nitpicking - when everything else is spot-on, the minor issues just stand out.
The editing is done well. The inclusion of LOTR music works very well, especially the choice to give each family music related to a specific element of Middle Earth.
Can't wait for the next in the series!